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New fires in Brazil’s Amazon as army mobilises to fight blazes

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 25, 2019 13:24

New fires in Brazil’s Amazon as army mobilises to fight blazes

Hundreds of new fires are raging in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, according to official data, as six of the nine states in the region requested military assistance to combat the record blazes.

The states of Para, Rondonia, Roraima, Tocantins, Acre and Mato Grosso requested the army’s help. Data from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research said some 1,663 new fires were ignited. More than 1,200 of those fires were in the Amazon region. Official figures recorded 78,383 forest fires in Brazil this year, an 84 percent rise over last year’s figure. More than half of those were in the Amazon region.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 25, 2019 13:24

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